Paul Coppens, founder of the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, composed a piece of music to accompany the children’s performance, and provided a full orchestral backing track. The result was spectacular.
I wasn’t able to go up to see the performance, but I have seen a video on Paul’s website. You can see it here. (You’ll find the ’Thunderstorm Dancing‘ link at the bottom right of the screen.) It is only six minutes long and a delight. Thank you so much, Paul.
It makes me so happy to see the book used in this way. It is ideally suited to the classroom. The end of the performance is a stroke of genius by the teachers. Bravo!
Feel free to download these cicada drawings and use them in your home or classroom. You might like to make a bushland collage and paste cicadas onto your trees or have them flying through the air. Some need colouring, and some simply need to be printed, cut out and pasted down.
I have posted pdfs and jpeg versions of the same three pages. Use whichever format is easiest for you to download and print.
To prove I’m still here, I’m popping up some single illustrations done for the Department of Education and Training this year. The brief read thus:
The purpose of the four wall friezes is to encourage families to engage in learning activities with their child everyday. On each frieze there will be eight panels – a cover and a panel for each day of the week, with a different illustration of a family member(s) and a child/children engaged in a learning activity related to the theme. For example:
Music: dancing/singing, etc.
Science: cooking/exploring nature, etc.
Maths/numeracy: counting/measuring/block building/puzzles, etc.
Imaginative play: dress ups/cubby houses/pretend play/creative play spaces, etc.
The DET are happy for me to post fragments of the artwork I did for them, and you will hopefully come across the full design somewhere; perhaps in your local library.
Not surprisingly there was a dog or a chicken in each illustration… Oh actually, I couldn’t find a hygienic way to get a dog or a chicken onto the kitchen bench for the Maths illustration. Rats.
(…There were no rats in the kitchen either.)
A fragment: Music
Tommy from Thunderstorm Dancing enjoyed a new incarnation here. So did some of the other characters.
A (small) fragment: Imaginative play.
There’s that spaniel again. She keeps popping up.
A fragment: maths
My 12 year old got morphed into a 15 year old for this illustration. That was fun. I morphed him back again later. I’m not ready for a 15 year old.
A fragment: science
Geeky girl gardener enjoys some science play. I like a geeky girl and I like her taste in chickens.